Improve your employability through NTNU Bridge

Make your higher education and future more relevant and exciting by collaborating with employers. There are several ways you can carry out academic collaboration. Here you find information on the different collaborative opportunities that exist, as well as tips on how to build a good relationship with an employer. 

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You can find announcements of academic collaborations, praxis and jobs under Recent Announcements.


Academic collaboration 

Write your thesis in collaboration with an employer. Through NTNU Bridge, you can discover interesting employers and relevant academic projects. If you are going to write a project assignment, bachelor's or master's thesis, then this is the place to start. Employers advertise topics for different projects or theses here on the NTNU Bridge portal.

How to get started:

  1. Create a profile on NTNU Bridge
  2. Find a topic that suits you
  3. Discuss the topic with your department or potential supervisors
  4. Contact the employer, send application and additional documentation as required
  5. Agree on a topic outline, roles and a project timeline with the employer and your supervisor
  6. Sign a contract before starting with a collaboration (see below)

Search through the announcements to see if you can find any topics that might be relevant for you. Contact your supervisor once you find a topic that interests you. Gain the necessary approval from your supervisor before you contact the employer. A good topic outline is usually the result of an open dialogue between you, your supervisor and the employer. Maintaining good contact with your supervisor  will ensure that the project will be academically suitable for you, and that the correct practical and legal constraints apply.

If you have your own ideas relating to a topic for a project or thesis you wish to complete in collaboration with an employer, you can contact employers who have registered their profile on NTNU Bridge directly from our website. Make sure in advance that your thesis is open for external collaboration, and keep your supervisor at NTNU informed of your ideas and which employer you wish to collaborate with.

In addition to guidance from your supervisor at NTNU, employers are urged to provide a minimum of 20 hours of external guidance on a master thesis and access to resources on behalf of the employer.

If you do a academic collaboration with an organization in the Trondheim region you can get covered travel and other expenses. Read more about the travel scholarship.

Sign a written agreement

Before undertaking an academic collaboration a written areement must be signed by the student, the student's department, supervisor at NTNU and the company or organization. The agreement covers the rights and responsibilities of all parties, as well as terms of use regarding the results of the project. If there are issues regarding confidentiality, an additional confidentiality agreement is required.

Unless otherwise agreed upon, the student holds the copyright to his/her thesis or project assignment.  

Supervised professional training

Many students have supervised professional training as a mandatory or optional part of their education. Many do this as summer work. Others travel abroad. This gives valuable professional experience and network before you finish your degree.

Read more about supervised professional training during your studies.

Another great way to gain practical experience is through one of the many student organizations at NTNU. They will allow you to get more involved in culture, media, humanitarian work, politics and of course your own field of study.

Read more about student volunteer work opportunities.


Part-time or full-time work

It is important to obtain relevant work experience before you finish your degree. Relevant work experience will help you secure your first job. The skills and knowledge you obtain from completing higher education and relevant work experience, as well as who you are as a person, all contribute to your future career prospects. Obtain relevant work experience through summer jobs, part-time or volunteer work. Experience in professionally relevant environments teaches you a lot about yourself, and what type of work you enjoy doing.

It can be of great value to get in touch with potential future employers early on in your degree. What sorts of positions exist? What type of work do you enjoy? Read through job announcements and take part in career days and company presentations. Get in touch with previous students of the course, lecturers and fellow students to find out more about the job opportunities that are available to you.

Internships and trainee-programmes can be good starting points for your career. They are usually tailored for recent graduates, last for a set period of time and contain some level of professional training. In some cases you work for several employers during that period, gaining more diverse experiences and professional network. Many students are offered full-time work afterwards. Internship and trainee-positions are usually announced at the start of each year. Some of the more popular positions can be announced more than a year in advance, so you have to start looking early.  

Curious about what former students do professionally? In 2019 NTNU conducted a extensive candidate study. The results are available in a web portal, where you can filter results by your faculty, campus or study program. Here you can find NTNU's Candidate Survey

Applying for jobs

Get support on the job application process from NTNU Career.

Check out NTNU students' own career service. NTNU Career helps you see your opportunities and make meaningful choices throughout the program. On the website you will find resources about resume and application writing, job interview tips and how to map and communicate the skills you have gained through the studies. NTNU Career also organizes courses for students, offers drop-in resume checks and individual guidance free of charge.

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